The computer discs containing nude photos of Justice Lori Douglas and other women will be considered as a separate complaint against the judge, ruled the committee looking into complaints against Douglas.
In a decision released today, the investigations committee of the Canadian Judicial Council said the discs — which contain intimate sexual photographs of Douglas and other women — will be considered as a valid complaint against Douglas.
The committee made its ruling over the opinion of the committee’s counsel, which said the discs shouldn't be considered a complaint because: there was nothing submitted in writing; there are no specific allegations against Douglas.
The three-judge committee said that for them to do their job properly and to maintain public confidence in the judiciary, the discs must be considered a valid complaint.
"The basic objective (of the inquiry process) is to reinforce public confidence in the judiciary," the committee stated in a ruling made Friday but not released until Sunday. "That includes confidence that any serious concerns about judicial conduct are investigated thoroughly and transparently."
The complete ruling is available at this link.
The committee said that while accepting the discs, their contents will not be made public until the three judges on the committee have had a chance to review the photos and decide whether they should be released.
Douglas had objected to the inclusion of the discs in the process.
The committee said the discs are relevant to three of the four allegations against Douglas.
Douglas could not be reached for reaction to the ruling, or whether she plans to challenge the committee’s decision through a judicial review.